Shabby chic may be a term of the past but elements of its style are not forgotten.  Keep the elegance of the french caned furniture and simple, white, slip covered furniture and painted floors but switch it up by substituting the floral, frilly and sometimes frou frou look with warm rustic wood, classic striped fabrics and industrial vintage finds to define a new style affectionately called Beach Country.

This North Carolina lake house was renovated by its owners with lots of flea market purchases and their own elbow grease.  The Craigslist caned sofa and Goodwill wing back chair were both reupholstered in thrifty drop cloth which looks a lot like linen at a fraction of the cost.

The handmade dining table and vintage baker’s rack from an antique show are pure farmhouse chic.

Old barn doors found at a yard sale are slipped onto casters to create an interesting opening to the home office.  The floors are painted white and covered with jute rugs.  All above photos courtesy of Country Living.

These tall antique-looking wire hampers from Pottery Barn would make great towel caddies or a receptacle for sandy bathing suits and kids clothes.

With its soft, summery striped cotton ticking, these vintage-looking throw beds by Los Angeles-based Beata Henrichs-Lieb of Hedgehouse are filled with a down and fiber insert and would be a great place for the kids to slumber at the beach house.

There’s nothing that says country charm more than grainsack.  Pairing it with an overstuffed, wingback chair takes it from traditional to tres coastal modern.

Ballard Designs’ Jolee caned bench would make a nice addition to an elegant entryway.

These French Louis chairs are a fresh take on charming with their coastal blue striped upholstery.  The fireplace is made of Portuguese tile in a contrasting but well-matching pattern.  Photo and design courtesy of Alexandra Angle.

An eclectic mix of white painted furniture upholstered in sunny patterned blue and yellow linens give this Venice Beach house a simple and modern farmhouse feel.  Photo and design courtesy of Alexandra Angle.

Hawaii has its share of country too.  How about bringing some tropical warmth to this cottage with its beadboard covered hallway?  Photo and design courtesy of Jane Coslick.

So when are y’all coming to the beach?


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